Growing up reading Snow White we knew taking apples from strangers was a bad idea. So we were hesitant when our camping neighbors at Big Sur offered us some delicious looking caramel apples. We couldn’t resist however: the gooey apples called irresistibly to us, so we said yes. When the neighbors offered to show us how to make it? We said yes again! It’s a good thing we did, because now we’ve snagged the recipe and made our own caramel apples. Want one?
BT’s CARAMEL APPLE RECIPE
Serves 6 Total Time: 30 Minutes [10 minutes preparation; 20 minutes cooking]
WHAT YOU NEED
6 whole apples 1 cup brown sugar
Parchment paper ½ cup heavy cream
6 wooden skewers ⅓ cup water
Baking sheet 4 tablespoons butter
½ cup chopped peanuts (optional) ½ teaspoon vanilla
WHAT TO DO
For the apples:
1. Wash apples, dry them, and remove stems. Carefully insert wooden skewers into each apple at the stem end.
For the caramel sauce:
1. Pour brown sugar into small saucepan. Cover sugar with water.
2. Stir water and sugar mixture at medium heat for 5 minutes or until the sugar melts. When the sugar melts, stop stirring.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil (approximately 8-10 minutes). Do not stir sugar at this point. Watch the sugar closely as it comes to a boil to prevent burning the sugar.
4. When boiling sugar turns gold-amber in color remove from heat. Then carefully pour in the heavy cream, butter, and vanilla. Whisk gently for 7 minutes or until solution thickens into a smooth sauce.
For the caramel apple:
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place chopped nuts in a medium-sized bowl. *
2. Hold each apple by the skewer over the caramel sauce pot and slowly spoon caramel over apple until it is fully coated.
3. Dip coated apple into nut bowl and place apple, skewer side up, on parchment paper.
4. Let apples stand for 10 minutes or until caramel has cooled to the touch and set firmly on apple.
5. Take a bite and enjoy!
* BT Tip: If you are allergic to nuts use chocolate chips instead for texture.